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My art is my life, and it has been since I was very young, scribbling away at drawings on every scrap of paper I could find. I had three sisters and among us there was a lot of sibling rivalry --translation: quarreling--and I would draw the sisters on my side with curly hair and the one or ones on the opposite side of the disagreement with straight hair. This would cause much emotional trauma to the unfortunate ones with straight hair!

Since then I have fortunately found much more creative and positive ways to pursue my talent and interest in art, and this has been especially true since I moved to the Rogue Valley in Oregon in 1982 and discovered watercolor as a medium for painting. It flows and glows and is such a spontaneous way to paint that I became totally involved in it. The results may be bad, good, or indifferent but the process itself is to me totally magnificent.

Perhaps that is because I particularly enjoy painting the natural world and watercolor depends on natural forces to achieve its effects, like gravity, capillary action, evaporation and the effect of light. Whatever the reason, painting in watercolors is probably the most exciting thing I do.



Dodie is a native of the Midwest, born in Missouri with the actual name of Glendora (Dodie is a family nickname she has adopted as her "art" name). Growing up on a farm she was very much influenced by the verdant fields and flowers, the changing skies, and the other many evidences of nature around her.

She attended the Northwest Missouri State University, graduating with a degree in art and English, subjects she taught for many years in the California school system after her move there later. She enthusiastically attended many art courses and workshops, and during these years mainly worked in oils, acrylics, and pen and ink drawing.

Later, in 1982, she retired from teaching, her four children were gone from home, and she moved to Medford, Oregon, in the beautiful Rogue Valley, where she discovered a real fascination and talent for watercolor painting. Her work is noted for vibrant color and the fluid, sparkling quality of her medium. Her subjects range from realistic florals and landscapes to mixed media abstracts, but she is best known for her renditions of iris, her favorite flower.

She has had many exhibitions, won many awards, and received real recognition as an artist. She teaches adults in her studio/gallery and recently held two workshops in Mexico. She enjoys traveling extensively and still takes workshops with other well-known artists. (See her resume for lists of these activities.)



Art Background
   Bachelor of Arts Degree--NW Missouri State University
   Graduate courses in art at:
      Oakland College of Arts and Crafts
      U of CA, Berkeley
      San Francisco State College
      Holy Names College, Oakland CA
   Workshops with many famous artists, among them:
      Tom Allen, Bruce Butte, Mary Todd Beam, Linda Doll, Jan Kunz,
       Katherine Liu, Tom Lynch, Judy Morris, Barbara Necchis, Steve Quiller,
       Roland Roycraft, Irving Shapiro, Frank Webb, Eric Weigardt,
      Chris Keylock Williams

Exhibitions--numerous shows in California, Oregon and other states, among them the following:
   Art and Soul Gallery, Ashland, OR
   Rogue Art Gallery, Medford, OR
   Grants Pass Museum, Grants Pass, OR
   Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
   Umqua College Art Gallery, Roseburg, OR
   Portland Art Museum Rental/Sales , Portland, OR
   Cass Gallery, Roseburg, OR
   Julia's, the Ultimate Collection, Portland, OR
   Mt. Angel Fine Art Gallery, Mt. Angel, OR
   Northwest Nature Shop, Ashland, OR
   Monday Artist Workshop Shows, Jacksonville, OR
   Sunriver Lodge Art Gallery, Sunriver, OR
   Lighthouse Art Center, Crescent City, OR
   Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
   Oakland Art Association Gallery, Oakland, CA
   Marin Society of Artists, Napa Valley, CA
   Klamath Art Gallery, Klamath Falls, OR
   Artists Workshop Gallery, Phoenix, OR
   Candy Stick Studio Gallery, Ferndale, CA
   State of the Arts Gallery, Olympia, WA

Honors and Awards--some of the many received:
   Third in graphics, El Cerrito Art Show, El Cerrito, CA --1977
   First in graphics, El Cerrito Art Show--1978
   Third in oils, El Cerrito Art Show--1978
   Second in oils, El Sobrante Art Guild Show--El Sobrante CA--1980
   People's Choice Award and third place award, Lighthouse Gallery, Crescent City OR--1987
   Purchase Award, Umqua College Show, Roseburg, OR--1988
   Sweepstakes Award, Watercolor Society of Oregon Show, Ashland OR--1990
   First place award, WSO Show, Roseburg, OR--1994
   Fifth place award, CSF Gold Medal, American Watercolor Society Show, New York--1996

Professional affiliations
   Watercolor Society of Oregon, member since 1985, past president
   American Association of University Women, since 1975
   Southern Oregon Society of Artists
   Order of the Elks, Ashland, OR
   Rogue Valley Art Association


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